Monthly Monitoring Highlights: Hate Speech in the Western Balkans throughout July

Throughout the month of July, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. Antisemitism in Albania On Top Channel’s show “E Diell’, as part of the segment – Rrethi Katror’ – a frequent guest of the show, Alfred Cako, made problematic antisemitic statements. Cako is also known as Albania’s most …

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Troll of the Month: JOQ Albania

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. This month’s Troll is JOQ Albania which recently reported on …

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HATE SPEECH DOESN’T STOP AFTER PRIDE MONTH

All this brings us to the question: can LGBT people feel safe and protected by the state authorities in North Macedonia? As has been often the case in previous years, this third Pride parade that took place in Skopje was, unfortunately, met with a lot of hate speech on social media. The posts on the …

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MEDIA MONITORING REPORTS: Hate speech in the Balkans mainly targets ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation

According to the media monitoring reports produced within the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 project, three categories were identified as the main target of hate speech: ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality. These three categories which were the result of monitoring 465 single incidents across the region, make up more than fifty percent of cases (53,13%). Within …

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Monthly Highlights: Hate speech in the Western Balkans throughout June

Throughout the month of June, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month there has been a rise in religious hate speech, sexism and ethnic discrimination in the Western Balkan region. Sexism in Montenegro, Albania and Serbia In Montenegro, the website  Aktuelno.me, has a section called ‘Beauties from …

TROLL OF THE MONTH: Vladimir Đukanović, Member of the Serbian Progressive Party and lawyer

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate on the internet based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. June Troll is Vladimir Đukanović, Member of …

From the US to the Western Balkans: The Abortion Debate Reaches Western Balkan Media

One could say that it would make sense to assume that the freedoms we have today and which we once fought for, are won forever.  However, the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade which protected women’s right to choose to have an abortion proves that rights are not guaranteed and cannot be …

Monthly monitoring highlight: Hate speech in the Western Balkans during May

Throughout the month of May, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month we are highlighting religious hate speech, ethnic discrimination, homophobia and sexism in the Western Balkan region. Islamophobia in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former member of the presidency of the …